Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Purchase Link: Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Connecticut
ANTAÑO CONNECTICUT REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: This smoke begins with creeeam, baby. Sweet bread and pepper. The delicate wrapper leaf is beginning to split a bit halfway down, but the construction remains on point.
Amazingly, the cracks behaved and didn’t expand. Entering the second half, there haven’t been any changes flavor-wise to note (essentially french toast through and through). The sweetness wanes towards the end, but the experience has been smooth sailing. Apple at the finish.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Club sandwiches.
Pairing Suggestion: Espresso.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver.
ANTAÑO CONNECTICUT REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: This cigar brings notes of cream, light pepper, cedar, graham cracker, hay, butter, and a sweetness that lasts throughout. As it goes on, it resembles coffee with a lot of cream in it. The aroma is very nutty.
Ash holds on tightly as I smoke. Neither the draw nor the burn give any issues at all.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Light roast coffee.
Pairing Suggestion: Water.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: 5-pack.
ANTAÑO CONNECTICUT REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: Torpedo Connie. Sounds like the name of a roller derby star but it’s just this week’s cigar. Sweet notes from the wrapper and just dry hay and honey on the cold draw.
Beginning notes include fresh cut hay, mild lemongrass notes with honey and some graham cracker as well. The retro hale experience is perfect. It’s starts out with a bold lemon-pepper mixture with a creamy smooth finish of citrus, hay, leather and a hint of sweetness.
This is a slow burning stick! Finally, into the middle section. A+ on construction and smoke production. I’d like to say the profile has changed, but it hasn’t. I’d also like to tell you that’s disappointing, but it isn’t. I dig this cigar. It’s just perfect for an early morning smoke and still carries enough flavor to enjoy later in the day.
Last part of this cigar continues to shine. Wood notes along with lots of leather and creamy citrus notes. There’s a little pepper on the palate now as well and the retro hale smoke remains as a smooth mix of citrus and leather. Bottom line is this cigar has relatively linear flavors but the profile is so enjoyable, for those who like it, they are going to care about the lack of change from start to finish.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Finding a cigar that definitely belongs in your rotation.
Pairing Suggestion: Cafe latte in the a.m. and in the evening, Kahlúa and cream on ice.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box.
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